Class of 2015

CCFP Certificate students + Joel Rosch 2015

Ali Cox, political science major (American Politics concentration), Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science honor society, magna cum laude

Independent Study: A Review of School and Community-Based Interventions to Combat Childhood Obesity

Mentor: Elizabeth Snyder-Fickler, research scientist, Center for Child and Family Policy

Future Plans: received Fulbright grant to teach English in Madrid. After the year in Spain, I hope to teach elementary school in NYC and eventually work in education policy.


Hanna Elmore, public policy studies major, School Research Partnership, Jacqueline Morris Fellow

Independent Study: Developing a Dual-Language Preschool Program for Children in the East Durham Children’s Initiative

Mentor: Shane Goodridge, visiting assistant professor, Sanford School of Public Policy

Aug 2015 – present: Teach for America, New Orleans, LA


Jillian Froelick, sociology major, Robertson Scholar, UNC-CH, Honors Program, Jacqueline Morris Fellow, research aide at the Center

Independent Study: Hospital-to-School Transition for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions

Mentor: Ann Skinner, research project manager, Center for Child and Family Policy

Jan 2015 – present:  Senior Research Aide, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

July 2015 – present:  Financial Advisory Analyst, Public Financial Management (PFM) Group, Boston, MA


Michelle Nguyen, public policy studies major, education minor, School Research Partnership

Independent Study: Effective Evaluation Methods and Components of Scaling Up for the CATCH Program

Mentor: Jeff Quinn, research project manager, Center for Child and Family Policy and director, Durham Connects

Future Plans: taking a gap year to study for LSATs, intern with a district court judge, and most likely moving to DC to do educational research for AIR.


Lindsay Rosenthal, psychology major (developmental psychology concentration), School Research Partnership; Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Graduation with Distinction in Psychology, summa cum laude

Honors Thesis: Parents of Children with Chronic Illness: The Relationship between Distress and Quality of Life

Mentors: Robert Thompson, professor of psychology and neuroscience and Gary Maslow, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Future Plans:   attending graduate school at the University of Georgia to pursue PhD in Child Clinical Psychology


Christophe Viret, public policy major, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies minor (Chinese concentration), graduating with high distinction in public policy, magna cum laude

Honors Thesis: Schools’ Role in Shaping Youth Collective Memory of Conflict and Experiences of Sectarianism in Lebanon

Mentor: Frederick (Fritz) Mayer, professor, Sanford School of Public Policy

July 2015 – present:  1st Grade Teacher, Rocketship Education, Teach for America, San Jose, CA


Élan Yochai, psychology major, Psi Chi- Psychology Honor Society, magna cum laude

Independent Study: The Interaction between Numeracy and the Unit Effect

Mentor: Elizabeth Brannon, professor and director of developmental psychology

Sept 2015 – present:  Account Executive, Yelp, New York, NY